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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 12, 2010 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1973: The Dead on a downhill slide!

Here's the original...

When I first posted this, I wondered whether Zito was intentionally invoking the "Gone are the days..." lyric from He's Gone in this paragraph...

"Gone is Garcia's graceful fluid style of playing. Gone are the times when two drummers pounded out the band's rhythms. Gone are the concerts that started with acoustic instruments and gradually built into an overwhelming electrical wave. Gone are the magical ways the Dead could make the ambience of a rock concert more like a religious service. Gone is colorful vocalist Pigpen, who died several weeks ago."

Though I strongly disagree about his overall conclusion, the article certainly helps put '73 Dead in perspective. They were a dramatically different band than they were just a few years earlier, and some critics were obviously not pleased.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 12, 2010 8:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1973: The Dead on a downhill slide!

"Gone are the days" is from Brown-Eyed Women! And I agree the author was thinking of it...

We can laugh at his low opinion of the laid-back, watered-down honky-tonk '73-era Dead, but the article's just as interesting to me for his very high opinion of the 1970-era Dead. Obviously those long Fillmore East shows were still ringing in his ears years later!
There were actually quite a few early-era fans who got 'left behind' as the Dead moved into the '70s... I've quoted before one guy who as early as '71 thought they'd become a dull snooze without Mickey or Pigpen around! (I think Marty Weinberg felt the same way too...)

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 12, 2010 9:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1973: The Dead on a downhill slide!

Ha! My bad. Duh. Also Crazy Fingers, but not in '73!